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Selwyn Times: May 31, 2016

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16 Tuesday May 31 2016 Travel SELWYN TIMES Sizzle in sunshine at Palm Springs • By Mike Yardley STEEPED IN showbiz heritage, feted for its modernist architecture and famed for its indie-music festival, Coachella, I recently had a fling with the sizzling desert retreat of Palm Springs. One hundred and sixty kilometres east of the City of Angels and being a desert climate, by day, it’s generally a few degrees warmer than Los Angeles, although it can also be starkly chillier overnight. Being a Christchurch boy, and without wishing to tempt fate, curiosity got the better of me, so I made a date with the San Andreas fault line. It’s Southern California’s biggest ticking time-bomb, increasingly overdue to rupture. Visit the Coachella Valley Preserve and the signposting will guide you to the San Andreas Fault, where you can straddle the North American and Pacific Plates, marked by vertical rock uplift and slot canyons. Palm Springs is dramatically backdropped by the chiselled peaks of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains. The best way to get a sense of the wildly contrasting terrain is to jump on-board the aerial tramway, allegedly the world’s largest rotating cable car, which zips you up Mount San Jacinto. Alighting from the cable car, the mountain peaks and surrounding pine forests are often dappled in snow, while the sprawling wilderness is invitingly laced with scenic hiking trails. Fifty years ago, nearly every major American entertainer owned a home in Palm Springs, transforming it into a buzzing winter playground for Hollywood royalty. In more recent years, the region has often been derided as God’s waiting room for moneyed retirees. But Palm Springs is absolutely back in vogue, with a whole new generation falling in love with its trademark mid-century architecture. I previously had no affinity for modernism, but I was soon slayed by the glamtastic, Jetsonian designs in Palm Springs. Modernism is to Palm Springs what art deco is to Miami Beach. Liberace’s Spanish-style casa in Belardo Rd is still adorned with his trademark “L” symbol, while Twin Palms in Alejo Rd, the Sinatra House, is where Ol’ Blue Eyes lived and fought with Ava Gardner. You can arrange a private tour of the house. Another superb mid-century gem is the King’s Love Nest, Elvis Presley’s honeymoon hideaway. Located in the leafy cul-de-sac of Ladera Circle, and officially known as the Alexander Estate, this mid-century modern classic with its sprawling butterfly roof was built in 1962. The house has been authentically restored and you can book a walkthrough. www. Left: The aerial tramway on Mount San Jacinto. Above: Elvis Presley’s honeymoon hideaway in Palm Springs. FAST FACTS •Wellness is big business in Palm Springs, with many Angelinos weekending here to recharge with all the frills. I stayed at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa, a sprawling establishment that prides itself on sweeping up its guests, with a swirl of indulgences. Ever been massaged, wrapped or scrubbed with honey? Their Signature Honey Treatments area major crowd-puller. A landmark resort that makes a big impression. www.westinmissionhills. com

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday May 31 2016 17 Community Events Email by 5pm each Wednesday Flow and Thinking in Print Tuesday – Sunday 10-4pm This exhibition will showcase work from Lyttelton-based artist Jane McCulla and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School students and teachers. Jane McCulla works with clay to make ceramics of what she sees around her. Rangi Ruru Girls’ School will present their exhibition Thinking in Print. This will show work from a mix of student and staff print work. Selwyn Gallery, 17 South Tce, Darfield. Free entry Mens Health Forum Wednesday 7.30-9pm The Lincoln Rotary Club and Lincoln Medical Centre have put together this event which will cover presentations from specialists about heart care, diabetes, obesity, urology, mental health and eye health. This will be followed by a question session. Lincoln Event Centre. Free entry Brushes, Lenses and Two Chains Wednesday - Sunday 10-4pm Art from John Foster, Phil van Deurs and Carly Painter will be on display in the latest exhibition at the Liffey Gallery. The works are a mix of landscape, wildlife, human form and woodcraft explored by three artists through painting, fine art photography and wood working. This exhibition runs until June 5. Down by the Liffey Gallery, 1 James St. Free entry Markets: The local markets have a lot on offer, from fresh produce to hand made crafts. Darfield Market: Saturday, 10-2pm, next to Farmlands on South Tce, Darfield. Leeston Market: Saturday 9.30-12.30pm. Ellesmere Cooperating Church, High St. Free entry Prebbleton Market: Saturday 10-1pm. All Saints Church, 9 Blakes Rd. Edendale Car Boot Sale: Sunday, 10-3pm, Edendale Cafe, 888 Sandy Knolls Rd, West Melton. Running Groups: The running groups aim to get like minded members of the community fit and engage with other. All running groups have a handicapped start to cater for RIGHT ROYAL DO: Take the family to the Lincoln Market-themed event. In celebration of Queen’s Birthday, Lincoln Community Market is hosting a British-themed market this Saturday from 10am-1pm. There will be demonstrations from traditional Morris Dancers, some authentic British baking and games of croquet, quoits and skittles to get involved in. There will also be some iconic British-made cars to view, along with all the regular locally made crafts and fresh local produce for purchase. The market will be held on Gerald St on the green behind Lincoln Library. ​ your ability. Lincoln Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.30pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts at Lincoln University. Gold coin donations. Malvern Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 6.10pm starts at 6.30pm. 3km or 6km. Starts from Malvern Netball Centre. Ellesmere Road Runners: Wednesday registration from 5.45 starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km walk or run. Starts from Leeston Physiotherapy. DISCOVER THE ARTIST IN YOU “Everyone can learn to draw and paint,” suggests renowned professional artist Sarah Deans. Sarah takes a twofold approach when teaching art; covering the classical craft for structure and confidence building, whilst showing how to break the rules and think creatively to explore the artist that a person wants to be. “I teach how to use one’s mind to open up a new world using an accelerated style of learning,” says Sarah. Sarah’s methods which differ from traditional art instruction are extremely effective in helping budding artists discover their own creative approach. “I want them to find out who they are as an artist so I look for the direction they’re likely to take in their art and encourage that,” explains Sarah. Participants learn how to draw a self-portrait; something that takes courage yet most can sketch an outline of their face within two hours and produce a refined photographic image in around ten hours. These ‘before and afters’ help them see their progress over a short timeframe with most reaching intermediate drawing level by the end of a course. Sarah is a member of the N Z Water Colour Society and has taught art in Australia where she also studied colour. This gave her an in-depth appreciation of individual colours beyond the craft of colour mixing. “I teach drawing and painting, encouraging learners to feel like artists connecting with the sensitivity and feel of colour,” expands Sarah who plans to hold colour mixing classes, for adults who are already doing the ‘colouring in’ hobby. “Colouring in is healthy being enjoyable, relaxing, not competitive, and removed from life’s responsibilities. I teach colour mixing so novices can become confident to produce artworks.” Sarah teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced level artists and will be running art workshops and lessons in Tai Tapu and Christchurch with classes beginning in June. For more information, look on her website: or email: sarahdeans@ Self-portrait drawing after one lesson Self-portrait drawing after four lessons For more information about paintings, classes and workshops please call Sarah: Studio: 03 304 8723 | Mobile: 0272 888 138 | Email: